Review: City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The penultimate book in the Mortal Instruments series is slightly different from the others as Jace has turned evil due to his soul being linked to Sebastian. He is now totally at Sebastian’s command. Clary goes against the Clave on a one-girl mission to rescue her boyfriend which ends in more danger to herself and the world, and of course upsets the adults.
This book has a change of scenery which is nice – Prague, Paris, Venice. The majority of the book is still based in New York like most of the series.
Simon remains one of the more interesting characters. Isabelle matures. Alec and Magnus’s relationship goes through a bad patch dues to Alec’s insecurities. Maia and Jordan finally get together. All the characters are conveniently paired up to each other, very unlike reality, but just like Vampire Diaries. At least they don’t all keep changing partners like in Vampire Diaries which is rather disturbing and gives poor messages to teenage girls reading these books. It’s ok and normal for them to be single! They can function! There’s simply too much media pressurising these girls to pair up with boys just to fit in with the crowd and these books adding that same pressure of ‘normalcy’ doesn’t help. At least the boy characters in this series show a degree of responsibility towards their girlfriends and try not to take too much advantage of them. I also like the fact that this author has put a gay relationship in the mix too.
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